SATA-IO announced the availability of the Serial ATA Revision 2.6
specification. This updated specification include:

• Internal Slimline cable and connector – enables SATA optical drives to be
included in smaller form factors
• Internal Micro SATA connector for 1.8" HDD – facilitates SATA hard drives in
Ultra Mobile PC applications
• Mini SATA Internal/ External Multilane cable and connector – provides access
for internal use in high bandwidth backplane designs, and also external uses in
eSATA or xSATA protocols for high bandwidth external storage enclosures
• Native Command Queuing (NCQ) Priority enhancement – adds priority to data in
complex workload environments
• NCQ Unload enhancement – permits robust use in laptop environments where the
drive may be dropped

Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), theconsortium dedicated to
sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of SATA technology, today
announced the availability of the Serial ATA Revision 2.6 specification. This
updated specification combines the previously published SATA Revision 2.5
material with new feature definitions and enhancements that will enable
developers to integrate the technology into new applications.

Benefits include:

• Internal Slimline cable and connector – enables SATA optical drives to be
included in smaller form factors
• Internal Micro SATA connector for 1.8″ HDD – facilitates SATA hard drives in
Ultra Mobile PC applications
• Mini SATA Internal/ External Multilane cable and connector – provides access
for internal use in high bandwidth backplane designs, and also external uses in
eSATA or xSATA protocols for high bandwidth external storage enclosures
• Native Command Queuing (NCQ) Priority enhancement – adds priority to data in
complex workload environments
• NCQ Unload enhancement – permits robust use in laptop environments where the
drive may be dropped